The 10 Best Books For Personal Growth

With the season of rebirth comes transformation, and this is a time when many people tend to seek out advice on achieving happiness, success, and fulfillment. Each of these personal growth books has helped countless people change their lives, myself included, and create from a place of truth. One book can make a huge impact and any from the list below will certainly make waves in your life.

1 The Universe Has Your Back

Spiritual guru Gabby Bernstein topped the New York Times bestseller list with this book back in 2016. I can personally attest to the change it has made in my life; I went from blaming the world to thanking it for the growth my challenges had prompted. She introduces basic laws of the universe so that readers can fully understand their own potential and how much the universe is conspiring in our favor, even when it doesn’t feel like it.

2 This Messy, Magnificent Life

Anyone who has struggled with body image or food issues should know Geneen Roth. Her breakout book, Women, Food and God, explored emotional eating and focused on finding the meaning of food in one's life. This Messy, Magnificent Life brings an honest, hilarious look at the ups and downs of life — the events, traumas, and societal pressures that shape women's sense of self. Geneen offers practical advice for breathing through the difficult times while fully appreciating the gift of the present moment and practicing joy everyday.

3 The Untethered Soul

This is a book that millions of people suffering from anxiety and depression have turned to in their darkest hours. Another introduction to universal truths, The Untethered Soul helps readers move through their discomforts and finally transcend their limiting beliefs by choosing to live from the soul. Instead of engaging with negative thoughts, readers learn how to live from the spirit rather than the mind. If you are trying to move beyond suffering, this is the book for you.

4 Wherever You Go, There You Are

While meditation has become more mainstream in recent years, this book, written in 1994, has remained the holy grail for people searching for mindfulness. A series of essays, Wherever You Go, There You Are, brings simple ideas to readers’ awareness to aid in meditation and ways to bring mindfulness into their daily lives.

5 Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Recommended by wellness gurus like Gwyneth Paltrow, Essentialism covers the issue so many people struggle with today: balance. Author Greg McKeown discusses how to declutter your agenda and decide what to put your energy towards so you can reap the full benefits of your actions. He also helps readers learn how to set boundaries and, more importantly, stick to them.

6 Light is the New Black

Rebecca Campbell burst onto the literary scene with Light is the New Black, helping readers understand their true calling and tangible ways to follow it. She lays out step-by-step ways to align with your highest self and let this part of us drive our actions, rather than letting the ego decide what we need to do with our life to please others. Anyone looking to understand their highest calling needs to read this.

7 Purpose: Find Your Truth and Embrace Your Calling

Jessica Huie was a high-powered PR professional from one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in London. She started her own business eventually, creating inclusive greeting cards featuring people of color. Slowly, her life evolved into one of true purpose and meaning, and she shares each step with readers in this powerful book.

8 The Artist’s Way

Julia Cameron’s book is required reading for university programs across the country. Before college kids embark on their journey towards fulfillment, this book helps them understand their true gifts but her teachings are universal. She gives readers journal prompts, contemplation questions, and practical tools to uncover who they are meant to be.

9 The Gifts of Imperfection

Recommended by Oprah, Dr. Brene Brown’s book details shame, its manifestations, and the ways it holds people back from living a fully-realized life. The Gifts of Imperfection smashes through our idealized image of perfectionism and helps readers see it for what it really is: a way to avoid feeling shame. After reading this book, you will feel empowered and ready to go much easier on yourself.

10 Happiness from the Inside Out: The Art and Science of Fulfillment

I first heard of Rob Mack on a recent podcast, and his words shifted the way I view my life — after just 30 minutes. His book, Happiness from the Inside Out, delves into the science of being happy and how we already have all that we seek. Discussing how to relax into fulfillment, Mack offers powerful advice and proven ways to love your time on this Earth.

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